Leicester centre Danny Hipkiss left the Ospreys in no doubt what kind of challenge they will face at Twickenham in Saturday's Cup final.
The Tigers, still in the Premiership title hunt, are out to retain the league and cup double won in such historic fashion last season.
Saturday, a repeat of last year’s final, is phase one. “It is our trophy and we are determined to retain it,” said England centre Hipkiss.
Leicester beat the Ospreys 45-31 last year and a repeat would leave the Welsh glamour club with nothing to show for a season that held such promise only eight days ago.
Last weekend the Ospreys, made up largely of Wales’ Grand Slam-winning team, were beaten by Saracens in the European Cup quarter-finals.
Hipkiss believes that defeat will have stung the Ospreys and made them a much tougher proposition at Twickenham.
“It was a great victory last year and we are determined to reproduce that,” said Hipkiss.
“Wasps in the semi-final were a big test and this is another one – we know we will have to be at our best and match them all over the park.
“They have improved leaps and bounds from last year. They have developed a real resilience and strength in their forwards, which they didn’t have.
“Things don’t go right for you some days. That defeat has made our job a lot tougher. I know what we are like when we have lost a big game, we are very determined to put it right the next week.”